By Michael Davis
IT is an absolute conundrum as to why Melbourne golf galleries will miss out on hosting the Australian Open again after the relative success of the mixed and all-abilities event at Kingston Heath and Victoria last year.
At last, Melbourne had prised the tournament away from Sydney where it seemed to have been staged for an eternity. And by and large the city responded with strong, appreciative crowds on each of the four days.
Now, quite amazingly, the event is going back to Sydney, insiders at Golf Australia saying they had no alternative but to honour the last year of a mutli-year agreement set in stone with the NSW government to host the country’s national open.
Regardless of the nuances of the deal, staging the tournament back in the Harbour City feels like a snub for Victoria.
To me, biased or otherwise, Melbourne has always been the home of…